Wow, this is odd news. Robert Redford, the godfather of independent cinema in the US (and movie star extraordinaire) is in talks with Marvel/Disney to take on a role in Captain America: The Winter Soldier.
I wasn’t a fan of the original Captain America, it felt like they tried to cram in too much story and the entire film ended up coming across as an extended montage. Captain was also the least interesting character in The Avengers, but – and it’s a big but – if Redford is in this thing then I’m interested. Very interested.
According to Deadline, Redford will potentially play “a senior leadership role in S.H.I.E.L.D”, the organization behind The Avengers.
It’s funny, because in a recently published Esquire interview, Redford talks about how moviemaking changed in the 1980s, bemoaning the comic-book driven youth market:
“The money was in the burgeoning youth market — big cartoons, Superman and Dick Tracy, high-budget cartoons. They were great, but it didn’t interest me. It was no longer a place where I could do the smaller work. They weren’t making those films anymore.”
Robert Redford will next be seen in the thriller, The Company You Keep with Shia LaBeouf, Nick Nolte, Susan Sarandon and Julie Christie.